The Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition is seeking undergraduate students with a passion for advancing immigrants’ rights to be part of our internship program for the Detained Adult Program (DAP). Interns will provide invaluable administrative and programmatic support to our staff at the Detained Adult Program. This internship offers exposure to immigration law and current immigration issues.

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2020. Our Fall Internship Program requires a commitment of at least 12 weeks, starting on September 8, 2020. 

Internships are unpaid; however, CAIR Coalition can assist students seeking internship credit.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, interns will work remotely.

General Responsibilities:

  • Conducting individualized country conditions research for asylum cases;
  • Assisting in the preparation and filing of applications for immigration relief;
  • Assisting with interpretation and translation;
  • Obtaining criminal and medical records;
  • Communicating with clients and their family members via telephone;
  • Tracking important court dates and deadlines;
  • Tracking case outcomes and updating case summaries.


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program;Ability to commit 15+ hours a week;
  • Spanish fluency;
  • Strong interest in human rights, social justice, and immigration rights issues;
  • Excellent research and writing skills;
  • Willingness to complete administrative work;
  • Ability to work independently and within a team;
  • Ability to relate to and work with low-income clients with histories of trauma and/or previous interactions with the criminal justice system is a plus.

Required Resources:

Given the remote nature of this internship, all interns must also have access to:

  • A laptop or computer;
  • Reliable internet; and
  • A phone


To be considered for this internship, please apply via our Candidate Portal:

You will be asked to upload the following materials in .pdf format:

  1. A cover letter indicating your interest in the position, your preferred start and end dates, and your availability;
  2. A resume;
  3. A writing sample.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

If you are applying to more than one internship, please apply to each internship independently.  

Undergraduate Internship (Fall 2020), Detained Adult Program
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